Today is the first day of Spring but just one week ago, here in Washington, D.C. it snowed. Some call it global warming, many call it D.C.'s typical 'bipolar' weather. (Although I don't particularly like that phrase and do my best not to make light of mental illness..) This Winter, I've had to check the weather so thoroughly, some days it feels as if I'll be tested on it. I constantly sit scrolling on my phone checking the hourly report, the humidity, and even double checking the chance of rain. (black girl problems) As we've come closer to Spring in the last couple of weeks, I've worn my leather jacket, my heavy duty North Face and I've even gone without outerwear. I don't know why there were seventy degree days in February, impersonating early Summer and then an icy snow storm the next week, I'm just as baffled as the rest of us. What I do know is that even though you can always count on seasons to change, you never know what kind of days or weeks any season particular season will bring.
One of my favorite verses about seasons comes from the first chapter of the book of Psalms.
The chapter starts off talking about a how blessed a person is who decides not to walk down a path of death and destruction or take advice from people who live toxic lives but instead plant the word of the Lord upon their heart and think about His word constantly . That person will be planted, roots deep, unable to be shaken. Jeremiah 17:7-8 says;
So as you stand on the Word of God and let what it says have the final say in your life, you don't have to be afraid if you come across hard times. Perhaps you are in a season of depression or financial hardship or relational heartbreak. As you meditate on the promises of God you will still flourish! It may not be right away but God is not a wasteful God, he strategically uses the seasons of your life, no matter how ugly they may be, to elevate you. God is with you, bestowing His strength upon you during hard times to bring you through and in the end you will be stronger, wiser, bolder. Colossians 1:14 says that in Christ Jesus we have been redeemed. When weapons form against us, through the freedom that Christ died for us to have, we no longer are slaves to our circumstances and we will prosper regardless.
That person will bear fruit in THEIR season, a season that is unique to them, a season that is right on time. Anytime I meditate on this verse, I think of the age-old comparing of 'apples and oranges.' If you've never looked up the process of planting and growing an apple tree, check that out here. It's a long and complex process. When reading, one thing that stuck out to me, was the importance of planting the apple trees in soil that would result in good fruit (Luke 8:15,Ezekiel 17:5) as well as the fact that not every apple can grow everywhere. Before planting the apple tree, you have to first remove all the weeds. After planting there is pruning and thinning, the removal of excess growth and even still it takes an apple tree five to eight years to bear actual fruit! The information in the almanac even states:
The season you are in, doesn't define your potential but it will impact your ultimate purpose. You can't compare the apples of your life to the oranges of others. You can't compare your planting to another's pruning. You can't expect eight year fruit when you've only been planted for a season. I just want to encourage to you to press on, stay planted, and know that regardless of the season you are in, God's plan for you to flourish never waivers.